Loftus Plastic Surgery Center
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Increasing Lip FullnessDr. Loftus has found that increasing lip fullness can enhance a woman's features no matter her age.
Lip Augmentation will increase the fullness of your upper lip, lower lip, or both. It will not improve problems with lipstick bleed along your wrinkles. If this is your main concern, consider Permanent Make-up or a Wrinkle Treatment. If your upper lip is too long or low, then you should consider a Lip Lift, in addition to lip augmentation. The combination of these two procedures is powerful.
The ProcedureLip augmentation is an office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Augmentation materials are available in liquid form for injection or sheet form for surgical placement. If sheets of material are used, which are explained below, small incisions will be made at the corners of your mouth. The sheets of material will then be threaded through your lips to provide smooth, even augmentation. The incisions are usually hidden inside your mouth.
Options for Lip AugmentationAvailable implants for lip augmentation can be classified as liquid form or sheet form. Liquid collagen injections were once the mainstay of lip augmentation, but they lost favor due to short-lived effects (they lasted no more than 6 weeks). Collagen is explained further in the wrinkle section. Some implants for lip augmentation are in sheet form. The three options for this are Alloderm, Dermaplant, fascia, or Gore-Tex.
Injectable options include Restylane, which has the consistency of gel and lasts 6-9 months; or Radiesse, which has the consistency of toothpaste and lasts 3-5 years. Very few plastic surgeons use Radiesse because its thickness can cause irregularities.
Finally, your own fat can be used for lip augmentation. This has the benefit of being easily accepted by your body and of giving a permanent natural result. (See below).
Alloderm and DermaplantAlloderm and Dermaplant are freeze-dried collagen that is prepared in sheet form. The implant is obtained from deceased human donors. Its placement results in soft, natural, and pliable lips. Drawbacks are that it will shrink over the course of a year. At the end of a year (and sometimes sooner) you will look as you did prior to your lip augmentation surgery. The cost is $1500 – $3000 to augment both lips. Due to its ease of placement and consistent results, sheet collagen is the lip implant material of choice for many plastic surgeons. Its temporary effect, however, has left plastic surgeons to continue to search for a longer lasting alternative.
FasciaFascia is dense white connective tissue that envelops your muscles. In many areas of the body, such area is the scalp above either ear, fascia can be harvested for cosmetic use. Disadvantages of fascia are that it necessitates surgery for harvest, hence another area of discomfort and potential complications. Also, fascia will shrink and become absorbed by your body within six to 12 months. The cost of this procedure is similar to that of Alloderm placement.
Gore-TexGore-Tex is a cross between cloth and rubber and is used to make high-quality raincoats and other breathable, water-resistant outdoor gear. Gore-Tex may be slightly stiff, but most recipients become accustomed to this. One advantage over Alloderm and Dermaplant is that Gore-Tex will never shrink and will always maintain its size. The cost is about $1500 to $3000 to augment both lips. Disadvantages are that it may potentially push its way out of your lips, and it feels stiff and unnatural. For these reasons, Dr. Loftus does not recommend it.
Fat InjectionFat can be harvested from your body and injected into your lips for augmentation. When performed using careful technique by a skilled surgeon, the results can be smooth and lasting. There will be some initial shrinkage during the first 3 months. Thereafter, your result will be permanent. Drawbacks of this technique are that few surgeons are skilled in it; swelling and bruising may last 2-3 weeks; and there is a limit to how large the lips can be made.
RecoveryYou may return to your regular routine immediately following lip augmentation, unless you were sedated. If you were sedated, then you may resume your usual activities the following day. Swelling and bruising last for three days to one week. Discomfort is minimal, and prescription pain medication is often not required.
Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About These Potential ComplicationsCold sore outbreak
SummaryLip augmentation has become popular due to the impressive cosmetic results possible through this relatively simple procedure. However, because the ideal implant material has not yet been identified, plastic surgeons continue to research this area.
About Dr. Loftus
Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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Cincinnati: The Christ Hospital2139 Auburn Avenue, Suite 201
Cincinnati, OH 45219
5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati,
At the Christ Medical Office Building
Northern Kentucky1881 Dixie Highway, Suite 300
Fort Wright, KY 41011
3 minutes from downtown Cincinnati &
visible from I-71/75
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